The need for a good lantern in any base camp while hunting is a no-brainer. It is also not a bad idea to have one around the house in case of a power outage. Before the advent of LEDs, we only had a choice of Coleman lanterns, oil lamps (lanterns) and some rechargeable fluorescent lanterns. Colemans were the best, but the mantles tended to break if you bumped the lantern too hard or it fell over. That was their short-coming. The Coast EAL17 does not have that disadvantage.
With the development of the LED "bulbs", it wasn't long before they were incorporated into area lanterns, rendering most other lanterns obsolete. Oh, we still keep a propane lantern on hand with new mantles as an emergency-emergency backup. Call Jim old-fashioned in that respect, as it would be a lot easier to simply carry some extra batteries and buy an additional COAST lantern. (I'm working on him)
The COAST lantern can safely be used anywhere, including in your house. That is a major advantage over the propane and white gas lanterns. And, it throws out a lot of light, 460 lumens. With its red-mode feature (solid or flashing) it is also a handy thing to have in your vehicle in case of a breakdown or accident.
Specifications of the COAST EAL17:
Bulb: CREE LED
Lumens: High - 460
Runtime: High - 30 hours at max, Low - 50 hours
Weight: 45.4 oz. (1,287 g)
Height: 9.9 inches (25.2 cm)
Base Diameter: 4.2 inches (10.7 cm)
Stainless steel frame (impact & weather resistant)
4-Mode Switch: High, Energy Saving, Solid Red, Flashing Red
Batteries: 4x D cell (not included)
Warranty: 5 Years
There are a few LED lanterns on the market that have a higher lumen output, but they utilize more batteries and have substantially shorter runtimes. The COAST EAL17 is the best compromise available.... 4D cell batteries, 30-50 hours of runtime and a 460 lumen output. With an MSRP of $35, it has to be one of the best deals around. It becomes even more appealing when you see it advertised on Amazon for under $25.